Wednesday, January 30, 2008
U.N. Chief Appoints George Clooney
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated George Clooney as a U.N. "messenger of peace" Friday to promote the world body's activities, especially in its far flung peacekeeping missions. The 46 year old actor has been campaigning for an end to the 4 1/2 year war in Darfur and for Humanitarian aid for the millions caught up in the conflict. He will become the ninth U.N.peace envoy. While many U.N. agencies have goodwill ambassadors to promote activities ranging from helping children and refugees in promoting human rights, "messengers of peace" are selected by the secretary-general to promote the broader work of the United Nations.